How To Force Yourself To Write – Songwriting Inspiration

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Why I don't write love songs for my wife
Force yourself outside the box by using a songwriting prompt you hate

This is the first in a series of small nuggets of inspiration that I plan on posting once per week. These will not replace the long form version of the podcast, but rather be a second, shorter episode each week, talking about a single little thing you can use to spark your creativity when writing music.

This week, when working on my songwriting challenge, I forced myself to write a song based on a line that I didn’t really like at all. It took me out of my comfort zone and I really had to give a good thought as to what I could do with the line, but I got it done. So this week I recommend you try using something you don’t think will work when you sit down to write. It can be anything – a line of text that’s not really that great, a guitar riff you had previously written off as not working, a line of melody or beat or sample that you would normally never use, or whatever. Just sit down and force yourself to write around whatever it is. You’ll have to think outside the box, and it might spark something you never would have thought of. I know it did in my case, as I discuss in the episode.

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